Children with neurodevelopmental disorders often show problems in movement behaviour. Clinical motor features such as clumsiness, odd postures, hyperactivity and tics occur frequently in children with psychiatric conditions. Most dance/movement therapists recognize these, and consequently tailor treatment to the abilities of their clients. In view of treatment strategies, it is important to know which motor features are associated with which psychiatric conditions, and how movement problems be influenced by movement interventions. Therefore, this article focuses on clinical movement features, gross motor problems, neurodevelopmental aspects and movement interventions for children with emotional, behavioural and autism spectrum disorders. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.